Cover Summer Musashino Reiwa Shrine hydrangea hanachozu

General information for the ‘Cool Japan’ Musashino Reiwa Shrine. Musashino Reiwa Shrine is located in Tokorozawa Sakura Town, a hip entertainment hub, on the border of Tokyo.

Musashino Reiwa Shrine

Phoenix painted on the ceiling of the Cool Japan Musashino Reiwa Shrine

The Musashino Reiwa Shrine, dubbed the Cool Japan shrine, was designed, under the supervision of Kengo Kuma, as part of the Cool Japan project. There are many unique elements to the shrine, but the design is the most striking. The building reminds me greatly of a kabuto helmet. The interior is also stunning with a magnificent painting of a phoenix, the Kadokawa logo, by Yoshitaka Amano (Final Fantasy fame) on the ceiling. (Pictured above).

It is a contemporary shrine of modern design, but is dedicated to two of the most famous and significant characters of ancient Japanese folklore. They are the Sun Goddess, Amaterasu, and her younger brother: Susanoo-no-Mikoto. In addition, the shrine is significant as the first stop, of 88, on the fashionable “anime 88 pilgrimage”. Apart from being a place of worship, the shrine aims to support and facilitate activities at Sakura town, successfully and safely.

Fortune telling torii

Musashino Reiwa Shrine Torii lit up at Tokorozawa Sakura Town

One of the coolest features of the shrine, in my humble opinion, is its torii. They illuminate the torii at night. The colors change when you walk through the torii. Moreover, the color tells your fortune:

  • White: Increases financial luck
  • Light blue: Improves study/work luck
  • Yellow-green: Improves health luck
  • Purple: Increases travel luck
  • Red: an increase in your luck overall
  • Pink: Increases luck in love

Furthermore, in summer the torii blows cool mist.

Events at Musashino Reiwa Shrine

From Saturday June 8th to Sunday 16th 2024 there are beautiful hydrangea in the ‘hanachozu’, the water font for cleansing your hands (and rinsing your mouth before the pandemic) before praying. There is also a ring up for Chinowa Kuguri. Chinowa Kuguri is a ritual for safe summer. You walk through the ring of grass, third photo above, in the shape of eternity, for a blessing for summer.

Ongoing events at Tokorozawa Sakura Town

Tokorozawa Sakura Town

Tokorozawa Sakura Town has shops, restaurants, museum and galleries, a factory, offices, a public open space, event space and this shrine.

A summary of what’s available:

Unfortunately, the Team Lab closed down in January 2024. Here is just a small sample of things you can do in the area, in the cities of Tokorozawa / Sayama.


Event: Torii light up

Dates: ongoing, the event has been extended numerous times due to the popularity and currently there is no end date stated.

Time: from dusk

Cost: there is no admission fee

Venue: Tokorozawa Sakura Town (see map at bottom of post)


Tokorozawa Sakura Town is a ten minute walk from JR Musashino Line’s Higashi Tokorozawa Station. By car, the entertainment town is about 3.6 kilometers from the Kanetsu expressway. Parking costs 200 yen per half hour. The first half hour is free.

The featured image at the very top of the post and the phoenix on the ceiling photo are from the official website. The official website for the shrine.

Find even more cool events and news for Saitama check the events category.


    1. Author

      thanks Anita. I love how many festivals they have here in Japan, never a dull moment

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